Perth History.
History of Perth.

A little bit of Perth's chronological history. If there is something in error, or something you think we should include, please e-mail us with the date and description. Thank you.

  • 1816   April 18th, Perth established as a military settlement. Land for the settlement was obtained from the Algonkians.


  • 1816   Captain Joshua Adams builds the first house & tavern on Craig St.


  • 1816   Fall: 20 houses in Perth, 250 houses in the area, population 1,505.


  • 1817   settlers face starvation.


  • 1817   settlement's first minister arrives in Perth.


  • 1817   1,890 residents in the Perth area.


  • 1819   first Presbyterian church is built.


  • 1820   first Roman Catholic church.


  • 1821   Methodist church starts up in Perth.


  • 1823   Perth has seven general stores.


  • 1823   Summit House built from brick.


  • 1823   Inge-Va House erected.


  • 1824   Perth gets its first lawyer, James Boulton.


  • 1828   The first newspaper in Eastern Ontario founded in Perth; the Bathurst Independent Examiner.


  • 1830   Perth has a population of 350.


  • 1830   McMartin House built.


  • 1833   the steamship Enterprise is launched in Perth.


  • 1833   June 13th, last fatal dual in Canada fought in Perth.


  • 1834   Tay Canal opens.


  • 1836   Perth had 8 taverns, seven stores selling liquor, trhree distilleries and a brewery.


  • 1836   population 1,000.


  • 1841   Haggart Mill built after a fire.


  • 1842   first Baptist meeting house.


  • 1845   Perth's fair begins.


  • 1850   population 1,581


  • 1851  Perth becomes a separate municipality.


  • 1851   Perth Public School erected.


  • 1854   Perth was incorporated as a town on January 1st., population 3,500


  • 1858   the Mallock House was erected, what is now part of Perth's Great War Memorial Hospital.


  • 1859   The B&O (Brockville & Ottawa) railway reaches Perth.


  • 1861   first Anglican church opened.


  • 1863   Perth Town Hall is built.


  • 1874   Perth's community has expanded along the streets of Gore, Drummond and Beckwith.


  • 1875   Perth High School opened.


  • 1880   Economic boom in Perth.


  • 1882-92   Second Tay Canal built.


  • 1887   electricity lights the town of Perth.


  • 1887   nineteen phones and a switchboard in Perth.


  • 1887   one-fortieth of all the money in Canadian banks was in Perth.


  • 1891   Perth's population 3,136.


  • 1892   World's biggest cheese, the Mammoth Cheese, was produced.


  • 1906   Kininvie House built for T.A. Cole.


  • 1908   first car in Perth.


  • 1911   Perth's population 3,588


  • 1914   first Perth library erected.


  • 1915   the old power house at Haggart Dam is demolished.


  • 1923   Great War Memorial Hospital opened.


  • 1925   Stewart Park was a gift to the town by the Stewart family.


  • 1930   Post Office opens across fron the Town Hall.


  • 1947   Stewart Park is developed as a public park.


  • 1953   population 5,000


  • 1961   82 retail stores in Perth.


  • 1964   Haggart Mill destroyed by fire.


  • 1965   town installs a sewage lagoon to stop contamination of the Tay River.


  • 1968   Algonquin College opens.


  • 1974   Inge-Va House donated to the Ontario Heritage Foundation.


  • 1980   first Perth library destroyed by fire.


  • 1991   Perth's 175th anniversary.


  • 1992   St. John's High School opens.


  • 1994   The amalgamation of the Great War Memorial Hospital and the Smiths Falls Community Hospital to become The Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital.


  • 2006   Perth's population 6,000

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